After witnessing firsthand the tragedy wrought by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Anderson thanks the Filipinos for the lessons he’s learned.

Anderson Cooper thanks the Filipino people for “showing the world how to live”

Veteran CNN journalist Anderson Cooper has spent several days reporting onsite about the devastation brought about by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Bagyong Yolanda) from the disaster zones in the Philippines. In the process, he has born witness to the horrific toll that the Category 3 Super Typhoon has inflicted and has even been involved in a controversy when Philippine broadcaster (and wife of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas) Korina Sanchez took offence to the harsh realities he was reporting. On his CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360° on Saturday morning, Cooper thanked the Philippines and the Filipino people for “showing the world how to live.”

 


When everything else is taken away, broken and battered, soaked raw, stripped bare, you see things. You see people as they really are. This week in Tacloban, Samar and Cebu, amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we’ve seen the best in the Filipino people. Their strength, their courage, I can’t get it out of my mind. Imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids, the strength to sleep; on the street near the body of your child.

We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways to laugh, and to love, to stand up, to move forward.

A storm breaks wood and bone, brings hurt and heartbreak. In the end, the wind, the water, the horror it brings is not the end of the story.

With aid and assistance, compassion and care, this place, these people…they will make it through. They already survived the worst. They’re bowed, perhaps tired and traumatized, but they are not broken.

Mabuhay Philippines! Maraming salamat for all you’ve shown us. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.